Exploring the connections between programmatic assessment and program evaluation within competency-based medical education programs

Med Teach. 2020 Nov 2;1-3. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2020.1841128. Online ahead of print.


Programmatic assessment and program evaluation are both important within competency-based medical education (CBME) programs. Given this importance, there is value in evaluating programmatic assessment as well as using the information collected in programmatic assessment for the evaluation of CBME programs. In order to help facilitate these two activities, this paper distinguishes between programmatic assessment and program evaluation as well as highlights the connections between them. In doing so, it shows that programmatic assessment and program evaluation, when employed appropriately, can complement each other and contribute to the overall effectiveness of CBME programs.

Keywords: medicine; Assessment; evaluation.